When moving into a new environment, behaviors can arise with anxiety and agitation. This is often a result from trying to make sense out how they ended up at this new location and where their family is?
Here are some ideas and ways to adapt new residents into your care home. Keep in mind, what is good for the body, is good for the mind.
*Monitor personal comfort. Check for pain, hunger, thirst, constipation, full bladder, fatigue, infections and skin irritation.
*Provide an opportunity for exercise. Go for a walk. Garden together. Put on music and dance.
*Provide reassurance. Use calming phrases such as: “You are safe here” or “I’m sorry that you are upset” or “How can I help?”
*Involve the person in activities that will give purpose and dignity. Set the table, fold the laundry, check the mail, or help with the dishes. Find things that they will enjoy.
*Provide a structured routine. Getting out of bed and going to bed, meals, snacks, medications, and exercise should all be completed daily and consistently at the same times.
*See the doctor. Rule out any physical causes or medication-related side effects.